Future Programs

University Club programs are open to the public and are held Tuesdays in the Padua Room of the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont, California. Meetings start at 11:30 AM. The $13 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center

January Program Chair: Art Sutton

December 22 and 29 – NO MEETINGS - Happy Holidays to everyone!

January 5 – "The 20-Year Cassini Mission and its Grand Finale in 2017"


Speaker David Doody, Space Flight Operations Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s lead engineer for real-time mission control operations for the Cassini-Huygens mission, David Doody, will describe how we got to Saturn and discuss mission highlights after a decade in Saturn’s system. He will also reveal plans for the mission’s spectacular future. Starting in 2016, the Cassini Spacecraft will begin a daring set of orbits that are like a whole new mission, exploring the ring system before plunging to destruction in Saturn’s atmosphere. Mr. Doody served in the U. S. Air Force and, later, with the JPL, he worked in the Deep Space Network, the NASA Voyager Mission, and flight operations on the Magellan project before joining the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and Titan. He has published in both the technical and popular literature, teaches short courses, and once a year welcomes participants in his “Basics of Interplanetary Flight” seminar with Art Center College of Design Public Programs in Pasadena.

Introduction: Craig Smyser
Fellowship: Don McDonald
Greeter: Doug MacKenzie

January 12 – “Good News from Some Developing Countries"


Speaker – Robert Klitgaard, Ph.D, Claremont Graduate University
Instead of the usual doom and gloom, Dr. Klitgaard will discuss some inspiring stories of reforms that are working in developing countries. Dr. Klitgaard is a professor at Claremont Graduate University and served as the president of CGU from 2005 to 2009. He advises governments on economic strategy and institutional reform, and his consulting work and research have taken him to more then 30 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The Christian Science Monitor has called him “the world’s leading expert on corruption.”  He is the author of ten books and many articles.  He earned AB, MPP, and PhD degrees from Harvard University.

Introduction: Tom Helliwell
Fellowship: Gene Smith
Greeters: Pat Kelly, Art Parker

January 19 – “Pilgrim Place – The First Hundred Years”


Speaker – Ginger Elliot, Chair of the Board of Pilgrim Place
Pilgrim place is a model for retirement communities and it is one of the institutions that make Claremont unique. We have been fortunate to have Pilgrims as members of our University Club and most club members are probably familiar with the Pilgrim Festival. Since 1915, Pilgrim Place has been home to thousands of persons who have served as leaders of religious or charitable non-profit organizations throughout the world. In this talk, find out about the origins and evolution of Pilgrim Place, what is going on at present, and what the future holds. Ginger Elliot has lived in Claremont since 1973 and was director of Claremont Heritage for 25 years. She has a BA and MA in history.

Introduction: Rizek Abusharr
Fellowship: Mel Boynton
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

January 26 - "The Plug-In Electric Vehicle Today and Tomorrow"


Speaker – Michelle Pierce, Electrical and Utility Engineer
Plug-In Electric Vehicles have been readily available commercially since 2011. These vehicles are varied in their technology and driving characteristics, but there has not been a lot of education to the general public about these pollution-reducing, fuel-efficient vehicles. The general public often only understands that plug-in EVs cost more money to purchase and some have limited driving range per charge. The benefits of owning or leasing these vehicles have not reached many people. This talk will discuss the basics of EV technology, including the available charging technologies, the benefits of driving electric vehicles, and what the future holds. Michelle Pierce has over 20 years of experience in the municipal electric utility industry. She earned her BSEE from California State University at Long Beach in 1993. Her experience includes electric vehicle strategic planning for three different Inland Empire municipal electric utilities.
Introduction: Joe Silva
Fellowship: Nancy Osgood
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy
Birthdays: Nancy Magnusson



Bulletin Committee Members: David and Anne Sonner

Calendar Archive (2010-2015)

Ideas for good program? Contact Bob Smith, Program Committee Chair  909 625-4344 Bsartist@netscape.com